Navigating to Chichester Marina by sea

Chichester Marina sits at the eastern end of Chichester Harbour, between Itchenor and Fishbourne. On entering the harbour, follow the channel past East Head and Pilsey Island, taking the channel past Itchenor towards Birdham. Entry to the marina is via a lock gate. 

We enjoy welcoming visitors, but we highly recommend pre-booking, especially in peak season to avoid disappointment. Priority access is given to Premier berth holders visiting from other marinas. Visitors should radio VHF channel 80 for Chichester Marina, when passing the Birdham Spit Point. You will then be provided with locking and berthing instructions.

The following notes are provided as a simple guide to approaching the marina by sea and should not be relied on for navigation. Please consult up-to-date charts and pilot books to ensure you are aware of any navigational dangers. Visitors should also be aware of current Notices to Mariners, the weather and tides. See Chichester Marina tide times and lock free flow times.

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Approach from West Pole Beacon 

West Pole Beacon represents a waypoint from which you can start your approach into the harbour. It is positioned at Lat 50º 45’.45 N, 00º 56’.59 W black steel pile, R. Can Topmark, Fl.R.5s, 14m, 7M, vis W 321º – 081º, R 081º – 321º. Craft intending to enter the harbour from the west should keep this pile to port.

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Marina approach channel

The marina approach channel is 12 metres wide (with a minimum depth of 0.3-1.7m), marked by the Chichester Marina starboard pile and five starboard markers. When entering, keep to the starboard side of the channel. Maximum speed is six knots, with no overtaking unless requested by the lock keeper.

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Waiting pontoon

A waiting pontoon is situated in the channel just outside the lock with a green over green starboard beacon on the western end. The depth gauge on the lock side indicates the depth of water in the channel. The slow yellow flashing light indicates free flow is operating. 

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Once you arrive at the marina

Please moor on the waiting pontoon and visit the marina’s reception or call on 01243 512731 (touch dial) or VHF Channel 80 for your berth number and key fob for access to electricity and the marina facilities. If you already have berth details, call the lock keeper on VHF Channel 80 and follow the instructions. See Chichester’s lock procedure here

Notices to mariners

Keep up to date with the latest notices to mariners from Chichester Harbour authority.

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